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(Sun Sentinel)   Man arrested for waving around a sword in public that "is known to loyal Star Trek fans as traditional Klingon Bat 'leth or Sword of Honor." Q'apla, Kurn   (sun-sentinel.com) divider line 35
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2013-02-13 08:31:37 PM
4 votes:
i183.photobucket.com

/Would like to shake the hand of the propsmaster that made that.

Gorgeous work.
2013-02-13 08:27:16 PM
4 votes:
He was captured, which means he must commit suicide, otherwise he will disgrace his family name.
2013-02-13 08:46:58 PM
2 votes:
"proudly displaying" the crescent shaped weapon to passing motorists
disorderly intoxication in a public place that caused a disturbance


See now I feel sad, he was drunk as shiat and trying to be friendly.
2013-02-13 08:31:31 PM
2 votes:

Omahawg: [th04.deviantart.net image 850x739]

don't dream it....be it


He seems smelly.
2013-02-13 08:22:50 PM
2 votes:
With a name like Johnnie Blade the judge should just let him go on principle.
2013-02-13 06:48:36 PM
2 votes:
A judge set a $100 bond Wednesday and ordered Blade to avoid swords

Now it's only a matter of time before FL is overrun by vampires.
2013-02-14 09:25:15 AM
1 votes:

Neondistraction: I was more distracted by the fact that Antonio Banderas' character was supposed to be Arab. That was about as believable as Patrick Stewart playing a cowboy.

/ surprisingly decent movie, though, inaccuracies aside.


ecx.images-amazon.com

/not sure if serious...
//King Lear in the old west, basically
///better in the original Klingon
2013-02-14 02:48:40 AM
1 votes:

Brainsick: Fano: Jeez, I'm starting to feel like an ass for picking on asian martial arts. Watching videos of katas and people doing choreographed fights makes me feel like I am naysaying weapons as much as saying rapiers are no good based on watching a bunch of videos of people Flynning, 1-2 style.

You just reminded me, Game of Thrones had one of the best (realistic) sword fights I've ever seen, between that crazy biatch's knight and Tyrion's 'champion'. About 15-20 seconds in I turned to my wife and said "...and the guy in the armor is getting tired right about...now" and sure enough he started to flag. The merc went for a couple of arteries, stayed out of the other guys reach/peripheral and it was all over but the dyin'. Then he killed the guy, cuz hey, Game of Thrones.

/I think we all know the best duel ever goes to these guys:


A challenger appears!

www.rankopedia.com
2013-02-14 02:15:15 AM
1 votes:

Fano: Jeez, I'm starting to feel like an ass for picking on asian martial arts. Watching videos of katas and people doing choreographed fights makes me feel like I am naysaying weapons as much as saying rapiers are no good based on watching a bunch of videos of people Flynning, 1-2 style.


You just reminded me, Game of Thrones had one of the best (realistic) sword fights I've ever seen, between that crazy biatch's knight and Tyrion's 'champion'. About 15-20 seconds in I turned to my wife and said "...and the guy in the armor is getting tired right about...now" and sure enough he started to flag. The merc went for a couple of arteries, stayed out of the other guys reach/peripheral and it was all over but the dyin'. Then he killed the guy, cuz hey, Game of Thrones.

/I think we all know the best duel ever goes to these guys:
ts4.mm.bing.net

//well really, this guy
image2.findagrave.com
...but I digress
2013-02-14 12:54:05 AM
1 votes:

cynicalbastard: m00: cynicalbastard: As a guy who's made swords for a few decades, the bat'leth breaks my heart. It looks like a joke, not a weapon. There's a reason every sword-using culture has come to the basic idea of "grip at one end, sharp pointy bit going the other way". It's simple and it works.

[www.superiormartialarts.com image 330x550]

Yeah, about those- got any refs for their use in actual battle, as opposed to esoteric martial arts and various kung-fu movies?


This is getting a little absurd... First off, it's a scifi tv show, not a martial arts instruction video. The Bat'leth is not a real weapon. The cheap $50 Bat'leths you buy online are no more real weapons than the $50 Highlander katanas you get from fantasy catalogs. So banging a replica of a prop around in a battle and then making fun of its lack of durability as though you expected it to be a real sword is kinda silly.

And second, in the fictional TV universe of Star Trek, the Bat'leth is not meant to be an efficient killing weapon, because Klingons think killing people is fun and want to prolong the enjoyment. If a Klingon wanted to kill you quickly, he'd shoot you. They have ray guns, after all. Bat'leths are for toying with your opponent before you kill him, or ceremonial combat (that still involves someone dying).
2013-02-14 12:50:21 AM
1 votes:

Loaded Six String: BuckTurgidson: [www.wired.com image 300x225]

I agree. If I do not have a lurpa (sp?) give me a m'akleth.

/Also, thank you so much Fark for this thread. You have helped me get through my father having a heart attack earlier today.
// He is not yet ready to join Sto'Vo Korr this day thankfully.


May he live long, and prosper, my friend.
2013-02-14 12:49:15 AM
1 votes:
Loaded Six String:

Of course hes ok... A warrior's path ends on the field of battle!

/seriously though hope everything goes alright for yall
2013-02-13 11:40:48 PM
1 votes:

Therion: Esoteric polearms have the advantage of range. A billhook in hand is really only useful for cutting brush, but put it on the end of a six or seven foot stick and it becomes a useful weapon.


Between the gladius and the pilum, the Roman Centurion was a model of efficiency. Most polearms make perfect sense to give to peasant levies, since they serve to keep opponents away with relatively little training. Most exotic weaponry that one sees in asian martial arts seems along the lines of gladiator weapons, stuff to make a fight look interesting.

Meanwhile, the shortest distance to a foe's heart is a straight line, and so successful hand weapons involved spears, swords, and knives.
2013-02-13 11:27:18 PM
1 votes:
Esoteric polearms have the advantage of range. A billhook in hand is really only useful for cutting brush, but put it on the end of a six or seven foot stick and it becomes a useful weapon.
m00
2013-02-13 10:46:21 PM
1 votes:

cynicalbastard: m00: cynicalbastard: As a guy who's made swords for a few decades, the bat'leth breaks my heart. It looks like a joke, not a weapon. There's a reason every sword-using culture has come to the basic idea of "grip at one end, sharp pointy bit going the other way". It's simple and it works.

[www.superiormartialarts.com image 330x550]

Yeah, about those- got any refs for their use in actual battle, as opposed to esoteric martial arts and various kung-fu movies?


I wouldn't call it "esoteric" -- it's a traditional Chinese weapon, and found in a lot of Kung Fu offshoots. I'm not saying it's common, but they were actually used in battle. You can check wikipedia for "hook sword." But basically the hooks are used for trapping/disarming.

There is also something that looks kinda like a one-handed Bat'leth (It's a seven-pointed Knife) which you can see on the wall in the background

pages.123-reg.co.uk

Also, there are deer-horn knives: http://deerhornknives.com/knives.html
deerhornknives.com

These were actually used as a concealed weapon, and supposedly can counter larger swords, and spears.
2013-02-13 09:54:15 PM
1 votes:
As a guy who's made swords for a few decades, the bat'leth breaks my heart. It looks like a joke, not a weapon. There's a reason every sword-using culture has come to the basic idea of "grip at one end, sharp pointy bit going the other way". It's simple and it works.
2013-02-13 09:35:33 PM
1 votes:

over_and_done: Random trivia:

the guy who played Kurn also played the adult Jake Sisko in the funky skip-forward-through-time episode.


That'd be the always awesome Tony Todd.
2013-02-13 09:21:16 PM
1 votes:

Shadow Blasko: [i183.photobucket.com image 705x530]

/Would like to shake the hand of the propsmaster that made that.

Gorgeous work.


I thought they were natural myself.

Er, wait, we're not talking about the same props, are we...
2013-02-13 09:14:34 PM
1 votes:
Mega Steve: He obviously had too much blood wine


Well it ain't gonna be Romulan Ale.
2013-02-13 09:12:55 PM
1 votes:

doglover: unchellmatt: Great for close fighting, big pointy bits for jabbing in the head, and can be swing easily and effectively for decapitation.

If that was made of steel that shiat would be heavy. Much heavier than many real heavy weapons like greatswords and poleaxes. The closest real life example would be the German dueling shield Link, which you'll notice is mostly resting on the ground. There were maneuvers to pick that bad boy up, though.


When my dad worked for GEAE they had titanium billets that they milled jet engine turbine blades out of.

The billets were scanned/xrayed, and a variety of other tests were used to find any kind of problems with them before milling started.

Any billets with imperfections were discarded, and after they sat around for awhile they were sold for scrap or "disappeared" for use in employee "activities" (This was pre-9/11..and plant security was much less intense)

I have held in my hands a full sized titanium bat'leth. Sharp as sin, and nimble as hell. Too brittle for parrying, but it would make a hell of an offensive weapon.

I would HATE even guess what it would retail for, but the guy was selling them for about $500, which I figure is about 2x what the milling +leather wrap cost him.
2013-02-13 09:10:57 PM
1 votes:
He obviously had too much blood wine
2013-02-13 09:10:03 PM
1 votes:

Feral_and_Preposterous: Known to "loyal Star Trek fans" my ass. No loyal Star Trek fan ever watched The Next Generation just like no loyal Star Wars fan ever watched the crapfest that was Episodes I-III.

/Not a loyal fan so--I did get to see ol' cow-patty head playing with his goofy crescent sword.



Ahh crap, you done went there. There is a time and a place for an "original series" vs. "tng" debate. If this is where you want to do, well, that's what's going to happen, but you have the chance now to just say the thread about the naked* black guy in Florida with a Klingon sword while drunk and in public isn't it.

*for dramatic effect
2013-02-13 09:04:32 PM
1 votes:
25.media.tumblr.com
2013-02-13 09:02:31 PM
1 votes:
s18.postimage.org
2013-02-13 09:01:20 PM
1 votes:
You know; you can get a full size stainless steel bat'leth from the Internet. Unsharpened, of course.

/ but stainless steel that large is known to be brittle; it would be better if you got it cold forged
2013-02-13 08:58:51 PM
1 votes:

SirEattonHogg: I applaud his choice in weapons.  A Bat' leth is not as crude

clumsy or as random as a blaster.

FTFY.
2013-02-13 08:58:44 PM
1 votes:
Big kudos to the journalist who didn't mislabel it as a "samurai sword" for once!

imageshack.us
2013-02-13 08:46:41 PM
1 votes:

Rich Cream: Tortured and twisted, he walks the streets alone
People avoid him, they know the street's his own
Cold blade of silver, his eyes they burn so wild
Mean as a tiger, society's own child

Those that tried to burn him paid
You don't do that to Johnny Blade
He's the meanest guy around his town
One look and he will cut you down
Johnny Blade, Johnny Blade


It's better in the original Klingon.
2013-02-13 08:35:51 PM
1 votes:
I've always been of the opinion that a bat'leth wold be a perfect addition to a zombie preparedness arsenal. Great for close fighting, big pointy bits for jabbing in the head, and can be swing easily and effectively for decapitation.
2013-02-13 08:28:53 PM
1 votes:
No picture of the arrestee  brandishing the actual sword?
-THREAD FAIL
2013-02-13 08:28:38 PM
1 votes:
By Bat'leth's sword.... what a savings.
2013-02-13 08:23:17 PM
1 votes:
One of the best things I have ever seen in my life was a jacked up ford F-250 running down I-75 in Georgia with a pair of Bat'leths hanging in the gun racks.

/and an SCA sticker, of course.
2013-02-13 08:19:23 PM
1 votes:
I honestly don't understand how a Klingon could keep one of those in his hands; the grips suck.  Plus, how the hell do you carry one?  Is there a case, a way to attach shoulder straps?
2013-02-13 08:06:54 PM
1 votes:
"Johnnie Blade" - are they sure he wasn't holding one of these?

steelcloset.com
2013-02-13 06:25:54 PM
1 votes:
But a mek'leth quicker and more agile in tight spaces.
 
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